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Membership Chair, Kelli Myers


Interested in joining the Rotary Club of Kahului, please fill out the inquiry form.


Rotary Club of Kahului

The Rotary Club of Kahului is part of Rotary District 5000 in the state of Hawaii.  Our club's operating fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.  Club officers and directors are elected annually in December with duties beginning each July 1st

We perform "Service Above Self" under sunny skies, surrounded by fragrant blossoms and swaying palm trees celebrating fellowship beneath a rainbow of ethnic diversity, infused with the Aloha Spirit.


You will find a multitude of information on three websites:  kahuluirotary.com, rotaryd5000.org and rotary.org



Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.  Approximately 1.2 million people belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in 166 countries.  The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.  Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.  They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on February 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.  The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to "encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise."  Rotary is a service organization.  Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been "Service Above Self."

Rotary strives to achieve its objective of "Service Above Self" through activities in four primary areas.  These are often referred to as the Four Avenues of Service.

  • 1. Club Service This "Avenue" promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.
  • 2. Vocational Service This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one's vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.
  • 3. Community Service This "Avenue" relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, older adults and persons with disabilities, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.
  • 4. International Service In this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.

 The Rotary Club of Kahului

Club Operations.  The Rotary Club of Kahului is governed by a board of directors.  Officers include a President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant-of-Arms.  Directors include Club Service Chair, Community Services Chair, International Services Chair, Membership Chair, New Generations Chair, Rotary Foundation Chair, and Vocational Services Chair. The board of directors meets monthly to conduct business of the organization.  The membership is updated regularly.

Finances and Member Contributions.  The Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Kahului is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the organization. 

Our club currently has two major annual fundraisers that support scholarships for students, books for elementary school students, provision of clean water and polio eradication.

 1. Rotary Club of Kahului's Inaugural Michael H. Lyons II Memorial Golf Tournament. A portion of sponsorships received directly benefit the Rotary Club of Kahului's Michael H. Lyons II Endowment Fund; a fund for annual college scholarships for Maui's youth. Mike Lyons was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent figure of Maui's community. He served as President of the Rotary Club of Kahului in 1975-76 and served as Governor of Rotary District 5000 in 1987-88. Mike Lyons passed away on March 26, 2004. Maui students selected by the club receive scholarships in his name.

2. Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Locally, the proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees benefit local community service projects, including scholarships for Maui's students, Rotary Readers Program, and school books for elementary students. Proceeds also benefit world community service projects, including provision of clean water and polio eradication.


Members are required to participate in these activities and the Club depends on its members to assist with fundraising activities to help meet annual program goals.  Ways in which members contribute to these goals include:

  • Payment of dues in July of each year ($250)
  • Payment of Rotary Foundation Giving funds (optional but highly recommended $185 per year)
  • Contributions to "Happy Dollars" at weekly meetings (personal contribution)
  • Selling Christmas tree tickets (6 to 8 tickets)
  • Finding a sponsor for the annual Michael H. Lyons II Golf Tournament ($250 level)
  • Special revenue contributions (depends on proposals from committees and Rotarians)

Weekly Club Meeting Participation

The purpose of the weekly Club meetings is to offer a forum for fellowship and fun.  The weekly agenda includes the "4-Way Test".  From the earliest days of the organization,

Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives.  One of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is the "4-Way Test" which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor.  Adopted by Rotary in 1943, it asks the following four questions of the things we think, say, or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 It has been a tradition to add a "5th" which says:  "IS IT FUN?'

Member Responsibility

Rotary club membership carries with it certain responsibilities.

  • Members are expected to attend weekly programs of the club.
  • Opportunities to make up attendance include attending regular meetings of another Rotary club, attending various other Rotary meetings, or attending a club service project authorized by the Club board of directors
  • Members are required to pay annual dues to their clubs, their districts, and to Rotary International.
  • Members are expected to participate in local or international activities or projects of the Rotary club
  • Clubs encourage members to aspire to leadership or committee roles within their clubs.